April 18th Workshop Coming Soon – Register Now!

It’s not to late to make plans to join the Chicago Chapter for their April 18th workshop with Tish Berlin! The theme will be ‘Forbidden Topics: Music for Politics and Religion.’ And if one day of recorder is not enough for you, then join the Chicago Chapter for their monthly meeting the next day. Details here:

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March 2015 Meeting in Oak Park

Join us on Sunday, March 15 at the Oak Park Public Library. We begin at 1:15 PM with Pam Wiese directing children from local elementary schools, who will then join us in playing “Excellentia” by Gary Gazlay. Find a copy in the winter 2014 edition of American Recorder or download it from the Play the Recorder Month 2015 page of AmericanRecorder.org. Lisette Kielson will then direct the chapter in a recorder orchestra playing session. All are welcome, including our friends from WSEMS.

Our March issue of the newsletter can be found here: March 2015

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January Meeting Video – Galliard by Michael Praetorius

At the January meeting the chapter played a Galliard by Michael Praetorius. Lisette Kielson our music director conducted the group. Pam Wiese recorded this for use in recorder classes with the Oak Park school system.


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Chicago Chapter Workshop at Folk Festival Was a Success

Our Valentine’s Day workshop that the chapter held was a big success!

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Chapter Participation at UC Folk Festival

The Chicago chapter plans to lead a workshop at the University of Chicago Folk Music Festival on Saturday, February 14. We will be in the West Lounge again from 10 to 11 AM in Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 East 59th Street. Street parking is available in the area, or you could take the Illinois Central train to 57th street, or the #6 Bus, and walk.

We plan to perform two works together, Le Bouree by Michael Praetorius and Rondeau by Jean-Joseph Mouret. Then, we will lead those who attend the workshop in a recorder jam session. We will plan to play from Early Dance Music for Recorders, volume 1 by Andrew Mayes, Magnamusic Distributors RMP0001. All of these pieces are available for download from the Chicago Chapter web page. Visit ChicagoRecorders.org and then go to Events/Meeting Downloads/U of C Folk Music Festival and Jan 2015 Meeting.



Dress should be business casual or casual. We can store coats and instruments in the same room where we play. I look to arrive around 9:30, and will probably stay in Hyde Park most of the day.

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Feb 15 Meeting – Hapsburgers, singing and playing!

Feb Val 2015Andrew Schultze will lead our monthly chapter meeting—and bring along a group of singers—in a study of 16th and 17th century music from the Hapsburger capitals of Madrid, Naples, and Vienna. This promises to be both entertaining and fun as we will be playing instrumental works by Posch, Flecha, Coppola, Draghi, Schmelzer, Duron and others.

Our newsletter for February is also available now. February 2015.


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February Chapter Events

Two events are planned for February 2015. (Dates have been corrected.)

1. We will be at the University of Chicago on Feb 14 for their annual Folk Music Festival. Those members who have signed up can find the music on our download page.

2. Our monthly meeting on Feb 15 welcomes Andrew Schulz who plans to offer “A Hapsburger Valentine: 16th and 17th century music from Madrid, Naples, and Vienna.”

Keep April 18th on your calendar for our Annual Workshop.

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